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February 19, 2016 6:53 am

2 Israeli Border Police Wounded in Stabbing Attack at Jerusalem’s Damascus Gate

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Damascus Gate at Jerusalem's Old City. Photo: Wikipedia.

Damascus Gate at Jerusalem’s Old City. Photo: Wikipedia.

A Jerusalem man armed with a knife stabbed two members of the Border Police at the Damascus Gate in the Old City of Jerusalem on Friday morning, Israel’s Army Radio reported. One of the officers was lightly wounded, and the other sustained more moderate stab wounds.

A security guard in the area shot and killed the assailant. A woman passerby, a Palestinian from east Jerusalem, was lightly wounded by shrapnel in the incident, according to the report, and was treated on the scene.

The two wounded officers were being treated for stab wounds at the Shaare Zedek Medical Center in the city. Neither officers’ lives were in danger, the hospital announced.

The assailant was later identified as Mohammed Abu Khalaf, a 20-year-old resident of Jerusalem.

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At around the same time, mourners were attending the funeral procession for Staff Sgt. Tuvya Weisman, a US citizen who was killed in a similar stabbing attack on Thursday at a popular supermarket chain in the Sha’ar Binyamin industrial zone in the West Bank. The stabbers in that attack were both Palestinians, aged 14.

The busy Damascus Gate, which leads to the Muslim Quarter in the Old City of Jerusalem, has become a flash point for stabbings and shootings over the last several months since the beginning of the period of near daily terrorist attacks. According to the Jerusalem Post, dozens of police are daily deployed around the area, which sees foot traffic in the tens of thousands.

Earlier this month, 19-year-old Border Police officer Hadar Cohen was shot and killed stopping three terrorists armed with knives, firearms and explosives in the area. Last Sunday, police shot and killed two terrorists also armed with firearms at Damascus Gate, and on Monday police thwarted a stabbing attack by a teenage girl.

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